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Crushed Veneer

by Jeffrey Burns on March 12, 2018

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UK band Crushed Veneer preview 2 singles from their upcoming debut EP – Desire and the Need to Live | For a time it seemed as though 3-chord power-pop bands had become a dime-a-dozen, like bland, seemingly soulless derivatives of a once proud punk-rock movement, inciting the all too familiar chants of Rock Is Dead […]

Megan Nadin

by Jeffrey Burns on March 10, 2018

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If the song Gypsy Sea is any indication, Megan Nadin is a star in the making .. | Megan Nadin’s voice is like a star that burns bright in the universe, and the attention grabbing song ‘Gypsy Sea’ is like sonic sanctuary for those who find rich reward in rootsy, pop music that can be […]

2015 Rokky Awards: Favorite Canadian Indie Albums

by Jeffrey Burns on December 27, 2015

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2015 Rokkies: A rundown of our Favorite Indie Albums from the Past Year (Top 15) It is difficult and perhaps even irrelevent to pick winners when it comes to artistic endeavors, after all, unlike a sporting event music is a subjective and personal experience for the listener, that which can only be judged on a […]

Meghann Wright

by Jeffrey Burns on November 23, 2015

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You’ve got Nothin’ To Lose and everything to gain from listening to Meghann Wright’s debut LP … soul music with a rock n’ roll heart |   Brooklyn based blues-rocker Meghann Wright released her first full-length album Nothin’ Left To Lose last June on Canadian indie label Blacktop Records, and while I may be late […]

Steve Albini

by Jeffrey Burns on November 6, 2015

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Steve Albini is an original, a rebel, someone who still lives and breathes the true spirit of rock n’ roll |   Steve Albini, renowned post-hardcore musician (Big Black, Shellac) and studio engineer/producer (Nirvana’s In Utero, Pixies’ Surfer Rosa) gave a fascinating interview recently on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast. The outspoken veteran of america’s alternative […]

Megan Landry

by Jeffrey Burns on October 16, 2015

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Megan Landry’s debut album ‘Stills’ reveals a young artist accomplished well beyond her years [Q&A Sesh] |   There’s no doubt that nineteen year old Megan Landry is exceptionally talented, quite gifted in fact (playing piano by ear as an infant, writing music at age eleven), something that’s immediately evident upon viewing her 2013 Music […]

2015 Polaris Music Prize

by Jeffrey Burns on September 21, 2015

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The Polaris Music Prize Gala will be a Live broadcast Sept. 21st via CBC Music (Polaris 10th anniversary poster by Pat Hamou) UPDATE (Sept. 22nd): Buffy Sainte-Marie is the winner of the 2015 Polaris Music Prize for her album Power in the Blood.   Tonight’s 2015 Polaris Music Prize Gala marks the tenth anniversary for […]

PINE

by Jeffrey Burns on September 7, 2015

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PINE’s self-released debut ‘you bury me’ sets a high bar for ambient, alternative emo rock … *photo: Paul Dzioba |   The six member sad-rock band from Ottawa has chosen a rather sombre moniker, one that ties in directly to their music’s overall theme regarding matters of the heart, more specifically the heartbreaking despair of […]